Garden Gables Inn

135 Main Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240
Innkeeper(s): John Vittori, Denise Altland
  • Guests say our breakfasts are a highlight of their stay!

    Guests say our breakfasts are a highlight of their stay!

  • Cottage Room 17 - fireplace, cathedral ceilings

    Cottage Room 17 - fireplace, cathedral ceilings

  • Suite 10 sitting area, fireplace, private porch, foyer

    Suite 10 sitting area, fireplace, private porch, foyer

  • Room 4 with wood burning fireplace

    Room 4 with wood burning fireplace

  • Room 14, fireplace, private balcony

    Room 14, fireplace, private balcony

  • Room 15 with fireplace and private balcony

    Room 15 with fireplace and private balcony

  • Lenox Petit Spa at The Garden Gables Inn

    Lenox Petit Spa at The Garden Gables Inn

  • Suite 12 sitting area with fireplace, master with queen bed and 2nd with two twins.

    Suite 12 sitting area with fireplace, master with queen bed and 2nd with two twins.

  • Library with fireplace, piano, dining table

    Library with fireplace, piano, dining table

 
  • Summary

    The Berkshire’s Premiere Bed and Breakfast

    Visitors are drawn over and over again to the wealth of luxury and culture of the New England Berkshires. Wine tastings, incredible history, seasonal wonder, world class music, and endless sights are waiting to be explored. That is, if you can pry yourself from the boundless comforts of the Garden Gables Inn bed and breakfast.

    An historic property, the Garden Gables Inn traces its lineage to 1780 and draws inspiration from New England’s charming countryside, including the nearby apple orchard and farm winery operated by the inn’s owner, and the famous Arrowhead Berkshire home where Herman Melville penned Moby-Dick. However, there is plenty of modern coziness at our bed and breakfast to relax even the most road worn visitors. Featuring mouthwatering complimentary breakfasts, some of the finest gourmet dinners in the area, and luxury treatments like onsite spa services, romantic specials, a 70-foot temperature controlled pool, and spacious gardens, it is easy to see why some may never wander far from their private guestroom.

    The nearby town of Lenox echoes the atmosphere you will find at our inn, and just a two-minute walk from the property. The Aston Music Festival, Barrington Stage Company, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival are a few of the must-see cultural events in the area, making the trip to Garden Gable’s Inn an even greater delight.

     

     

  • Introduction

    If you are searching for an authentic Berkshire experience, then we suggest you begin here at The Garden Gables Inn Inn in Lenox, MA. Our mission is to provide you with a home-away-from-home; the setting for a memorable experience-one that embraces the true essence of the Berkshires. Elegance abounds in this beautifully maintained 15-room historic Inn. Personal service is our hallmark.  Your location in the heart of historic Lenox will make it easy to walk to the village with its many shops, galleries and restaurants, with Tanglewood less than one mile away.

    All rooms have views of the gardens, with private baths, cable TV, spa robes and Aveda products. Many rooms have king size beds, jetted tubs and fireplaces. The guest pantry has beverages throughout the day as well as our famous chocolate chip cookies. An afternoon sherry is also complimentary as well as San Pellegrino bottled water in each room. Our Chef prepares complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts and our massage and facial therapists will pamper you in the privacy of our dedicated, spa treatment room. Our chef prepares dinners during the summer season.  In the winter, enjoy intimate Chef's Table dinners by the library firelight, prepared by our NECI-trained innkeepGarden Gables Inn - Lenox, Massachusettser/chef, Denise Altland.

    Our four spacious cottages are steps from the Inn and feature vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, sitting areas, king or queen size canopy beds and cable TV.  The Eladasor Cottage offers two spacious suites. 

    Check our web site for great savings on Getaway Packages. We look forward to welcoming you and to ensuring that your experience embodies the harmony of nature and culture that uniquely defines the Berkshires.

    We also invite you to be our guest for wine-tasting and apple-picking (in season) at Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards in neighboring Richmond. We have owned this 200 acre apple orchard for 25 years with a goal of preserving the farmland to maintain the open space that defines the Berkshires.   Inn guests enjoy complimentary use of our cross-country skiing, snowshoe and hiking trails, professionally developed by John Morton, U.S. Olympic triathalon.

  • More About the Inn

    Idyllic Location

    The Inn is set back on five lushly landscaped acres and just a two minute walk to charming Lenox Village shops and restaurants. 

    4-Star Amenities

    All rooms have private baths, AC, spa robes, Aveda products, free WiFi and iPod clock radios.  All rooms also have cable TV with flat panel LCDs with built in DVD . Some rooms have wood-burning fireplaces, jetted tubs and private balconies/porches.  Each room is individually decorated with designer fabrics and high-quality linens.

    Sumptuous Breakfasts

    A complimentary breakfast is included in your stay.  We emphasize fresh, local ingredients and feature organic eggs, breads, coffee, tea,  hot & cold buffet plus your choice of cooked-to-order specialties. Ample seating allows our guests the choice of private dining with full table service.  We happily accomodate dietary needs, such as vegan and gluten-free.

    Guest Pantry

    Complimentary fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, apples and beverages plus afternoon sherry are provided. A Guest Pantry refrigerator is available for guests to store small amounts of food.

    Massages and Facial Services

    Relax in our dedicated spa treatment room for a professional massage treatment. Our professional therapists offer a full range of massage treatments and a unique, wellness-oriented approach to skin care.

    Heated Pool

    Our 70-foot pool is the largest in the Berkshires, temperature-controlled for your comfort.  Whether you want to swim laps or just lounge poolside, it offers a relaxing setting overlooking the grounds.

    Rich History

    The Butternut Cottage is the core of this historic inn, dating to 1780. Ms. Kate Carey, an avid horsewoman, moved the house from a blocks to the south to its present location and greatly expanded it as her summer home in the early 1900s. Our Inn has welcomed many notable guests over the years.

    Eco-Friendly

    Environmental accountability is integral to our values. We preserved the 200 acres of farmland at our Hilltop Orchards and are dedicated to using green-friendly practices here at the Inn.

    Guests are Invited to the Owner's Apple Orchard and Farm Winery

    Owner John Vittori lives and works at his historic 200-acre farm in nearby Richmond. Hilltop Orchards is a quintessential example of the open space that once dominated the Berkshire landscape. Visitors enjoy free wine tasting of award-winning Furnace Brook Wines year-round plus apple picking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in-season.

  • Dining

    Guests enjoy private seating and full service in the large dining room and adjoining wraparound porch. Our menu takes full advantage of locally grown, fresh ingredients sourced from Berkshire farms including our own Hilltop Orchards.

    Complimentary Breakfast

    Our guests rave about our full country breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 through 9:45am (coffee and tea are available earlier at 7:00am). Upon arrival in the dining room, our wait staff will welcome you with a flavorful cup of our custom roast coffee. Your breakfast order will be taken to our Chef who will prepare your choice of certified organic eggs cooked to order; our signature Apple Strudel French Toast; fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes; Belgium Waffles with choice of topping or Omelet with choice of seasonal ingredients. Top if off with our delicious Berkshire pure maple syrup. You will also find a bountiful buffet of fresh and dried fruit, homemade granola, organic yogurt, cereals, sausage and bacon, local organic breads, fresh baked daily muffins or coffee cake, plus a selection of fruit juices including our fresh squeezed orange juice.

    Complimentary Afternoon Sherry

    Guests are invited to the Sherry Room for a complimentary aperitif and occasional tasting of our award-winning Furnace Brook Winery varietals. This is an opportune time to mingle with other guests or to just relax and unwind.

    Dinner at the Inn

    For a private and relaxing evening at the Inn, our  Chef prepares gourmet dinners Thursday and Saturday nights during the summer season (please inquire about availability at other times). The menu features fresh, seasonal appetizers, entrees and deserts. Guests are asked to reserve their seating for 5:30 through 7:30pm no later than 12 noon. If space is available we will be pleased to allow guests to invite friends and family who are not staying at the Inn.

    David Dorsen, Food & Wine Editor of Washingtonian Magazine (1990-2005), "Be sure to eat dinner at Garden Gables Inn.  Truly excellent food and service, at or near the top in Lenox.   After visiting the area for over 25 years, I cannot recall a better dinner than I had at Garden Gables.  Bringing your own wine for just a $5.00 corkage fee is another bonus.” July 11, 2009

    Dinner on the Town

    Lenox and the surrounding Berkshire towns offer a multitude of casual and fine dining options. For your convenience we have collected many of the current restaurant menus in a book located in our Guest Pantry. We are happy to assist you with recommendations and reservations.

    Special Diets

    We will do our best to accommodate special dietary requirements (including but not limited to low-fat, vegetarian, and gluten-free) when notified at the time of reservation.

    Guest Pantry

    Our Guest Pantry, adjacent to the Dining Room, is a place where you can help yourself to complimentary fresh baked cookies, fruit and apples in season and beverages throughout the day.  Iced lemon water, fresh pressed apple cider and all natural lemonade (the latter two produced at Hilltop Orchards) are available as well as coffee and tea. Each room is stocked with a complimentary bottle of San Pellegrino water. We also have a Guest Pantry refrigerator where you may store small amounts of food during your stay.

  • Massage and Facial Spa Services

    The Berkshires are recognized as an epicenter for health and wellness with Canyon Ranch Spa, Kripalu Yoga and the UltraWellness Center right here in Lenox.  There is something very inspiring about the Berkshires that makes this a great place for rejuvenation, maybe it's the amazing natural beauty that surrounds us. Our guests enjoy the luxury of a dedicated spa treatment room here at the Inn staffed by Licensed Massage Therapists and a Master-level Esthetician.

    Call us at 888-243-0193 or email us at innkeeper@gardengablesinn.com to schedule
    your treatment!

    Massages staffed by Licensed Massage Therapists

    Swedish

    This light-to-moderate pressured relaxation massage stimulates circulation, reduces tension and promotes general well-being.
    50 minutes $95, 80 minutes $140

    Therapeutic/Deep Tissue

    This massage is customized to your body's needs, using a firm pressure to deeply relax muscles, reduce tension and stress and address chronic and acute areas of discomfort.
    50 minutes $110, 80 minutes $160

    Aromatherapy

    A peaceful and balancing body treatment that combines high quality essential oils, with a gentle massage, to stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
    50 minutes $105, 80 minutes $150           

    Pre and Post Natal Massage

    Using Swedish techniques, clients are relieved of some discomfort of childbearing.  In a sidelying or semi-reclined position, a variety of gentle approaches are used to address specific issues like headaches, back pain or sciatica.  50 minutes $110

    Back, Neck and Shoulder

    Great for quick renewal following a long drive or flight, relieving tension and improving circulation.
    25 minutes $60           

    Hot Stone

    This ancient healing therapy uses warmed basalt stones combined with traditional massage strokes to move energy to depleted areas to relieve tension, stress and sore and overworked muscles.
    50 minutes $120, 80 minutes $175           

    Aroma Stone

    Combine aroma therapy with hot stone techniques, and enjoy a soothing and meditative state of peace, calm and balance.
    50 minutes $135, 80 minutes $190           

    Sugar Scrub & Wrap (new)

    This body treatment involves a full-body exfoliation to renew skin and bring back that natural glow; your choice of citrus body polish (with apricot seed powder), sandalwood, pomango or green tea lemongrass cleansing body scrub.
    80 minutes $145, 50 minutes $100

    Sports Massage, Pre & Post Event (new)

    Whether preparing to compete or dealing with delayed onset soreness (DOS) afterwards, bodywork can be a critical component of your training program.
    80 minutes $145, 60 minutes $100
              
    Add aroma therapy to any massage for $15
    Gratuities not included

    Environ Facials - Master Esthetician Erica Leopold

    Vitamin C Revitalizing

    Repair the look of damage done by time and the elements and restore a healthy radiance, with this deep cleansing and skin brightening facial.
    50 minutes $165

    Sensitive/Rosacea Facial (a favorite for men)

    A calming and restorative skin treatment for individuals with diffused redness, irritation, dryness, skin irritations or razor burn.
    50 minutes $165 (no peel)

    Purifying for Problematic Skin

    This facial is exfoliating, purifying and smoothing - the skin will feel clean, calm and refreshed.
    50 minutes $165

    Hydrating

    This intense and luxurious deep cleansing and hydrating facial is just the thing for winter-parched or sun damaged skin. A gentle, buffered lactic peel adds moisture as it gently exfoliates.
    50 minutes $165

    Back Purifying Treatment

    This treatment deep cleans, nourishes and soothes problematic skin on the back.  A lactic or TCA peel prepares the skin for deep cleansing - eliminating blackheads and whiteheads,
    50 minutes $185

    Brow Design $25
    Eyebrow Tinting $20
    Eyelash Tinting $35pm

    Environ Anti-Aging

    This extraordinary deep cleansing and rejuvenating experience follows the therapeutic protocols of Environ founder, Dr. Fernades. This supremely rejuvenating facial is recognized throughout Europe and South Africa as one of the most advanced, non-invasive approaches to addressing the unwanted signs of aging.
    80 minutes $195          

    Deep Cleansing Vitamin Infusion

    Deep clean and nourish your skin with a Environ customized cocktail of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.  Your skin will look and feel sparkling clean and refreshed!
    50 minutes (no peel) $135

    Hours of Esthetic Services

    Thursday-Sunday
    Limited availability
    Monday-Wednesday

    Call us at 888-243-0193 or email us at innkeeper@gardengablesinn.com to schedule your treatment!

  • Weddings & Celebrations

    The Inn’s storybook setting in the heart of Lenox is guaranteed to make your wedding, commitment ceremony, anniversary or other celebration a uniquely memorable occasion. Use our lush five-acre property for private outdoor events by day or at night by twinkling candlelight. Elegant tents set-up on our great lawn have been used for large weddings and events. Receptions can also be held inside the Inn -- about 24 guests can enjoy an intimate sit-down dinner in our dining room and about 45 can be accommodated for a reception that includes seating in our enclosed wraparound porch.

    Take over the entire Inn and give your guests an exclusive lodging experience. Our staff will help you plan special touches to make their stay unforgettable. We only host one special occasion at a time so our complete focus will be on helping you and your guests have an enjoyable experience. It goes without saying that we will strive to accommodate any requests to personalize your special day.

    The Garden Gables Inn Wedding Packages includes:

    • A bottle of Furnace Brook Winery Blanc de Blancs champagne with two etched souvenir wine glasses and chocolate covered strawberries in room upon arrival
    • One hour spa service for the bride and groom in our private spa treatment room
    • Rose petal turn down service on wedding night
    • Breakfast in bed the following morning

    Pre / Post Wedding Events at our 200 Acre Farm in Nearby Richmond:

    Our nearby Hilltop Orchards farm (home to Furnace Brook Winery) is on a picturesque hilltop overlooking the beautiful Berkshire hills and provides the perfect location for your special event. Plan a small gathering for the bridal party and immediate family or a large event for all your guests. Here are some examples of events but feel free to discuss any other ideas you have with us.

    • Wine tasting party with hors d'ouevres
    • Hiking, picnics near the apple orchard
    • Traditional BBQ
    • Smores roast

    We welcome you to contact us by email or phone 888-243-0193 to discuss your special event.

  • Executive Retreats

    Meetings abound with inspiration at The Garden Gables Inn. The private, tranquil setting on five lush acres makes the Garden Gables Inn a perfect location for your next executive retreat. Elegant furnishings combined with modern amenities, such as audio/visual equipment and wireless Internet access, make the Inn a relaxing and productive environment. The Inn’s convenient location in the heart of Lenox is just steps away from the village’s distinctive shops, galleries and restaurants.

    Fifteen guest rooms (including two suites) enable your team to work and stay together in an informal environment that promotes team and relationship building.  The spacious dining room and enclosed wraparound porch seat up to 50 and are used to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.  These rooms can also be arranged to accommodate meetings or informal gatherings. Our conference table in the library can seat a smaller group of about 8-10.  Breakout sessions and discussion groups can be accommodated in the multiple public rooms.

    Our Inn’s staff can help you plan your group’s itinerary including off-site shopping, cultural tours and recreation. Hilltop Orchards, our 200 acre farm in nearby Richmond, can be rented for private functions. Set up a tent on the hilltop with its awe-inspiring views or use either the large gazebo or Barrel Room for your event (the later with leather couches, fireplace and flat screen LCD).   The Fall is a special time here with the brilliant fall foliage and apple picking.  During the winter season visit our Nordic Ski Center and enjoy four miles of expertly groomed trails for cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, featuring beautiful 20 mile views of the Southern Berkshires. In other seasons enjoy hiking the winding trails. Hilltop Orchards is also home to our award-winning Furnace Brook Winery, where your team can enjoy wine-tasting and other hosted events. Back at the Inn, our private spa treatment room is available to book for a variety of massage treatments.

    We only host one group at a time so our complete focus will be on making sure the Inn is conducive to accomplishing your business objectives.

    We welcome you to contact us by email or phone 888-243-0193 to discuss your meeting.

  • Reviews About Our Inn

    "Ten To See B & Bs"
    Delta Sky Magazine selects The Garden Gables Inn as one of the ten distinctive national and international lodgings. Reference: November 2010 issue. "Nestled in the Berkshire mountains, Garden Gables Inn boasts a winery, pool and apple orchard (not to mention freshly baked cookies, 700-thread-count sheets). Come summer don't miss music at Tanglewood Jazz Festival or dance at Jacob's Pillow."

    "My wife and I have visited and vacationed in the Lenox area for the past 40 years and during that time we have stayed at many of the fine hotels and B&B’s in the area.  But once we found Garden Gables our wondering came to an end.  It’s a marvelous facility in a serene, beautifully landscaped setting in a perfect location. As fine as it was a dozen years ago when we first stayed here, it has been significantly enhanced since John Vitton and his family have become the owners.  Scrumptious breakfasts, a staff that makes you feel like one of the family, lounging in the yard with a good book, sherry and conversation with other guests after a Tanglewood concert.........We love it!!!" Linda and Steve Revis

    "Very relaxing and breakfast was fab!" Sharon & Ed D., Endicott, NY

    "We are normally not B&B fans, because too often they come with balky plumbing, no phone or TV, and minimal amenities. But the Garden Gables is a terrific hybrid. It has all the good parts of a B&B -- the homelike public rooms, the cookies and lemonade set out for guests all day, the abundant breakfasts, the perennial gardens, the four-poster beds, etc. -- but none of the drawbacks. We stayed in a room in a cottage building across from the main house, extremely comfortable and quiet, with a working fireplace (not that we lit it in July!), an in-room fridge, a flatscreen TV and free wireless internet. Oh, yeah, and the plumbing worked great. Out back is a huge swimming pool that looks to date from the 40s or 50s, but has been kept in perfect condition, where we spent a couple of lazy afternoons during our stay. The inn is across the street from the darling commercial center of town, so you can walk to shops, galleries, and a bunch of excellent restaurants. It's about a five-minute drive to Tanglewood. Despite its central location, it's quiet because set far back from the road on its large property. We didn't get to sample the dinner fare or the spa; maybe next summer when we return, as we plan to do." West Hartford, CT July 2008 Cottage 17

    "Wonderful stay in your beautiful hotel on the occasion of our friends' wedding." Paul & Julia B, Norfolk, England

    “Superb attention to detail. The Garden Gables meshes old New England B&B charm with contemporary technology requirements, enabling comfort and confidence for any business traveler. It makes that stay away from another mega hotel chain truly memorable."
    Linda Dulye, president, Dulye & Co., Warwick, NY  March 2009

  • History

     

    The Garden Gables Inn originated as a home. It was built in 1780 by Susan and Eliza Williams, on the site now occupied by Realtor Beverly Sanders at 101 Main St, about ¼ mile to the south of its current location.

    Aptly named “Butternut Cottage” for the abundance of butternut trees on the property, the Cottage features three steeply pitched cross-gables that may have been part of the original 1780 structure.The gables, steep gambrel roof line, room layout and side chimneys of the original Butternut Cottage blend elements of late 18th century American colonial architecture, with English and Dutch influences typical of Berkshire and Hudson Valley homes of the day.

    Mrs. Williams lived at the cottage until it was purchased by Mrs. Grace Marie Kuhn in 1873 for $1,600. Little is known of the property’s history until, in July 1905, Miss Caroline Katherine Carey, a niece of Mrs. Kuhn, and wealthy resident of New York City, purchased Butternut Cottage for $1,905. “Kate” Carey was a keen businesswoman who, with her mother, was an investor in real estate in New York City, California and England. Miss Carey moved the Butternut Cottage to its present location. One of her beloved butternut trees still remains in the Inn’s garden. The butternut tree is similar to the Black Walnut, Hickory or Japanese Walnut. The butternut itself has a husk like a plum. When this falls off, it reveals a one-half inch dark nut with a rugged pitted exterior.

    Miss Carey extended the Butternut Cottage with two gambrel-roofed additions, creating an extensive new wing that contained servants’ quarters and storerooms. She named the new wing “Gusty Gables.”

    Miss Carey’s bedroom was our present day Room One. An elevator ascended to her bedroom from the Sherry Room below, opening in the space in Room One that now houses a fireplace.  Miss Carey also built the first in-ground concrete pool in Berkshire County in 1911. A testament to its strong reinforced concrete structure, this pool remains in use today as the largest pool of its type in the Berkshires, measuring 72 feet long.  An avid horsewoman, Miss Carey showed her prize-wining stallions at horse shows in Lenox, Stockbridge, California and at her country estate in England. She built a pony ring at the south side of the house, along with a stable for her horses and carriages, which unfortunately were destroyed by fire in 1947.

    In the book “Lenox,” by Olive Colton, she recalls… “Miss Carey was a horse and dog lover and every morning she emerged from her little cottage behind a pair of thoroughbreds or walked with her black poodles – their haircuts something to see.” Miss Carey died in 1945 and left her beloved “Gusty Gables” and “Butternut Cottage” to the Episcopal Church in Lenox. During her lifetime, she had given much money to the Visiting Nurses’ Association and had established the Old Ladies’ Home on 114 Main St. and the Berkshire County Home for Aged Women at Meadow Place.

    In 1947, Mr. Joseph Reynolds and his family purchased the property from the Episcopal Church for $10,000. The family renamed it “Garden Gables” and ran it as a guesthouse during the next three and a half years.

    Meanwhile, Mrs. Marie Veselik, a native of Czechoslovakia who had come to work in New York City following World War II, became a naturalized American citizen in 1948 and yearned to live in the country. In 1951, together with Mrs. Elizabeth Emmons Holmes, she purchased the Garden Gables from the Reynolds family. Mrs. Veselik renamed the property the “Garden Gables Inn.” The new Inn had nine guest rooms and the first gift shop in Lenox, housed in the present day dining room. During her ownership of over thirty years, Mrs. Veselik sent much of her income back to her sixteen family members who had remained living in Prague.

    Mario and Lynn Mekinda expanded the Garden Gables Inn to a 17-room bed and breakfast inn during the seventeen years of their ownership, beginning in 1988. They added two new buildings, the Eladesor Cottage (named in honor of their former home in the Toronto suburb of Rosedale), and the easternmost building, housing the four Orchard Cottage rooms. They expanded the dining room and porch, adding Rooms 14 and 15 above, as well as completely updated the existing rooms, electrical and mechanical systems.

    The current chapter in the Inn’s long history began in 2005, when the Vittori family began their search to purchase a country inn to complement their existing orchard and winery businesses in the neighboring Town of Richmond.  They discovered that Mario and Lynn were ready to move to the next phase of their lives, and were honored to purchase the Inn from the Mekindas in early 2006. The Vittoris’ vision for The Garden Gables Inn is to create a gracious, full-service country inn that honors the legacy and traditions of the past, while being fully equipped to meet the needs of today’s sophisticated guest. They have already added a commercial kitchen, spa and wellness services, as well as newly decorated and upgraded furnishings throughout the Inn’s public and guest rooms. “We are not focused on becoming bigger,” said John Vittori, “Our emphasis is on expanding the range of accommodations and services we offer; providing personal attention for each one of our guests.”

    We welcome you to relax and enjoy with us this wonderful historic property in the heart of the Berkshire Hills  -- The Garden Gables Inn.

    Notable Guests

    Since the property became an Inn in 1947, it has had its fair share of notable guests. You may enjoy reading about some of them on our website. We hope you make plans to with stay with us and become part of the history that is The Garden Gables Inn.

  • Attractions

    The Berkshires -- the Perfect Harmony of Nature & Culture

    The Garden Gables Inn is centrally located in historic Lenox and convenient to Berkshire attractions.

    You're invited to visit our orchard and winery.  

    Hilltop Orchards - home to Furnace Brook Winery

    Our farm is a scenic 10 mile ride from the Inn and is open year-round,  Winery hours year-round are Thurs-Sun from 11am-5pm. Ski Center hours are 9am-5pm snow permitting. Toll free: 800-833-6274. Guests of the Inn are treated to unlimited free wine tasting and free trail fees for hiking and Nordic skiing!

    Visit us year-round for FREE wine tasting plus...

    • Fall - apple picking, hiking, fall foliage
    • Winter - cross-country/ snowshoe skiing - guests of the Inn hike and ski FREE
    • Spring & Summer - hiking

    The Farm Winery Store sells fresh baked goods, homemade preserves, plus our fresh pressed cider and all natural lemonade. Relax outside in the Gazebo to appreciate the 20-mile southern views or by the fireplace in our new Barrel Room. Visit www.hilltoporchards.com.

    Furnace Brook Winery produces award-winning varietals and ciders including Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Charval, Chardonnay, Riesling, Dry Riesling, White Zinfandel, Muscato, Blanc de Blancs, French Cidre, Mead' and Johnny Mash Hard Cider.

    Performing Arts

    Aston Magna Music Festival

    Now in its 38th season, the Aston Magan Festival features baroque and classical music performed on period instruments.  This involves the use of original instruments or historically accurate reproductions. One of the three venues they perform at is the Daniels Center in Great Barrington.         

    Barrington Stage Company

    BSC has become the fastest growing arts venue in Berkshire County, attracting some 45,000 patrons each year, and gaining national recognition for its superior quality productions. In the last five years, BSC produced eight world premieres. Located in a beautiful state of the art theatre in downtown Pittsfield.

    Berkshire Theatre Festival

    The Berkshire Theatre is the eldest performing arts venue in Berkshire County and one of the oldest in the United States. Berkshire Theatre is located in Stockbridge, approximately 4 miles from Garden Gables B&B.

    Colonial Theater

    Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts the Colonial Theatre is a Gilded Age architectural gem dating back to the first performance in 1903. It was lovingly restored and brought back to life in 2006 as a leading performing arts center in the “heart of the Berkshires.”

    Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

    Berkshires Jacob’s Pillow is America’s premier dance festival, and now a National Historic Landmark. About 15 miles from the B & B.

    Mac-Haydn Theater

    Just over the border in New York is a professional musical 350-seat theater-in-the-round where every seat is less than 30 feet from the stage. Among the more famous alumni are Broadway star Nathan Lane, TV's "The Agency" star Paige Turco, and Metropolitan Opera star Frank Lopardo.        

    Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

    This historic theatre has been beautifully restored and is a year-round center of cultural life in the Berkshires. The theatre is located in Great Barrington, walk from the theatre to lots of unique shops and restaurants.

    Shakespeare & Company

    Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance, and harmony.
    1/2 mile from the B&B.

    Tanglewood, Summer Home of the Boston Symphony

    Come and be a part of a world-class orchestra and music center in the vibrant splendid nature setting of the Berkshires. Garden Gables is near Tanglewood - 1 mile.

    Tanglewood Pre-Concert Lectures

    Enjoy the music twice as much with an entertaining and informative lecture by Jeremy Yudkin, a lecturer at Tanglewood since 1983 and professor of music at Boston and Oxford Universities. Click on photo for more information.

    Williamstown Theatre Festival

    Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival is a summer-long celebration of theater. Only 27 miles from Lenox and the Garden Gables B&B.

    Museums / Places of Interest

    Arrowhead, Herman Melville Berkshire Home

    It was at Arrowhead that Melville wrote his most famous work, Moby-Dick, about 3 miles from
    Garden Gables B&B.          

    Berkshire Museum

    In 1903, Berkshire Museum founder, Zenas Crane, was inspired by such institutions as the American Museum for Natural Science, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He wanted to blend the best of these establishments in a new museum for the people of Western Massachusetts. The Museum is located in nearby Pittsfield.

    Chesterwood, Daniel French Berkshire Studios

    Sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, the "Minute Man" at Concord, Massachusetts, and many familiar public monuments. This Berkshires treasure is 8 miles from Garden Gables B&B.

    Clark Art Institute

    Clark Museum is both art museum and research center. Best known, for its extraordinary collection of French Impressionist paintings. Approximately 25 miles from Garden Gables B&B.

    Hancock Shaker Village

    Beautifully restored village, set on 1,200 acres of farm, woodland and pasture, is home to the premier collection of Shaker buildings. This Berkshire Village is approximately 18 miles from Garden Gables B & B.

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

    There's more than just artwork at MASS MoCA. There are artists in residence, a theater, an outdoor cinema and a "kids space." From Garden Gables 28 miles.

    The Mount, Edith Wharton

    "The impression produced by a landscape... or a house should always...be an event in the history of the soul." - Edith Wharton The Mount is only 2 miles from the B & B in Lenox.

    Norman Rockwell Museum

    The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge houses the world's largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. The museum is only 5 miles from Garden Gables B&B.

    Film

    Berkshire International Film Festival

    A world-class festival with screenings in Pittsfield and Great Barrington. The film festival celebrates the best in independent, feature, documentary and short films.

    Berkshire Jewish Film Festival

    Duffin Theatre, Lenox Memorial High School. 25th season of American & International Jewish Film. Runs seven Mondays Jujly 11 - August 22nd. Matinees 4pm; evenings 8pm (except 7/18)

    Recreation

    Arcadian Shop

    The Arcadian Shop in Lenox is a sports enthusiast's dream. All types of equipment from camping and footwear to climbing gear is sold.  Bikes, ski equipment (downhill, cross country, snowshoe) and kayaks are available for rental.

    Berkshire Fishing Club

    Enjoy a day of excellent bass fishing on a private 125 acre lake (no houses, no jet skis). The 16ft long bass boats can hold 3 adults comfortably and are fully equipped. Guides, classes, clubhouse available. By appointment only.

    Berkshire Horseback Adventures

    Enjoy horseback riding with an expert guide. Expore nearby Kennedy Park and Lenox Mountain with awesome veiws of the Berkshire and neighboring hills. The stables are right here in Lenox and they offer everything from one hour rides to overnight camping experiences.      

    Catamount Adventure Park

    This exciting aerial forest adventure provides a variety of courses that are fun for all ability levels. Participants are fitted with harnesses, led through a safety and park usage demonstration and then are free to navigate their chosen treetop courses. There are over 20 zip lines and 115+ platforms on eight different courses.

    Cranwell Resort - 18 Hole Golf Course

    Renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, Cranwell’s championship course combines spectacular views with challenging golf and is open to the public. This magnificent course built by Wayne Styles and John Van Kleek in 1926 on the site of the original Berkshire Hunt Club. There is also a driving range and putting greens. Lessons available as well as equipment rental.    

    Lenox Fitness Center

    Minutes from the Inn with extensive list of different fitness classes including Yoga, a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Inn guests pay only $10 for a full day of classes including use of sauna!    

    Berkshire Outfitters

    This North Adams shop, in business since 1978, rents canoes, kayaks and bicycles. They also sell inline skates, hiking gear and all types of skiing equipment. They have one of the largest selections of cross country gear in the region.

    Hilltop Adventures - Hiking, Nordic Skiing, Biking

    Holly Brouker, a local sports educator accomplished in many sports, is available to hire for guided hikes, biking; cross country skiing/ snowshoeing.  She is leading hikes each Saturday at 9am and 1:30pm at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond (with advance reservation) and on other days by appointment. Bike tours can be arranged from the Orchard or from where you are staying. Contact her directly by email: hollyallsports@gmail.com

    Jiminy Peak Aerial Adventure Park

    Aerial Adventure Park is an aerial forest ropes course consisting of 5 individual, elevated courses for different ability levels consisting of 70 elements that will challenge you to new heights!  Each course varies in terms of elevation and the strenuousness of the challenges. Elements include rope bridges, ladders, cargo nets, zip lines and more.        

    Plaine's Bike Ski Snowboard

    Plaine's in Pittsfield has a great selection of bikes and accessories plus skis and snowboards in season. Ski rentals are available.      

    Worthington Ballooning

    Established in 1991, Worthington Ballooning specializes in customized flights high above the beautiful Berkshires. Available for private or corporate outings and balloon education programs. "Creating lifetime memories."

 
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